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  1. I decided to make this thread for applicants that are thinking of, or have already started, working towards a second degree in the hopes of applying to McGill. I found McGill's website to be quite jumbled regarding this topic, so hopefully that information can be summarized here in a clear and concise way. If you notice any errors, please comment below and I will edit this post accordingly. I would also encourage second degree applicants to ask their questions here, if only for the sake of keeping information in one easily accessible place. Basic Science Prerequisites & the MCAT: The MCAT is not required to apply to McGill, but if you have already completed the basic science prerequisites, it may be in your best interest to write the exam. Every applicant MUST complete the prerequisites by January 15th of the year they plan to start medical school, and a maximum of two prerequisites can still be outstanding by the application deadline (November 1st). However, if your pre-requisite science GPA (sGPA) is significantly below the average of 3.80, then a strong MCAT score can be used in its place. Currently, a competitive MCAT is a 33, and this score should be as close to 'balanced' as possible (11/11/11). *Pre-requisite courses 'expire' after eight years, so make sure to repeat those courses if they will exceed the eight year mark by November 1st. List of Prerequisites: 6 Credits Biology (Introductory) w/ Labs 6 Credits Chemistry (General or Physical) w/ Labs 3 Credits Organic Chemistry w/ Lab 6 Credits Physics (Introductory) w/ Labs GPA: Before we get into GPA, it's important to emphasize that you are NOT a second degree applicant unless you COMPLETED your first degree. For example, if you left your first degree early and pursued another degree, then the following information will not apply to you. Your GPA will instead be calculated based on every course you have completed, in both degrees. Those who have completed a degree, and are now working towards another, will have their GPA calculated differently then applicants in their 'primary' degree. For starters, even if you received transfer credit from your first degree, those courses will NOT be included in the GPA calculation. Only the courses you have completed while enrolled in the second degree will be considered. The year you apply, you must have completed at least 45 credits (15 courses) before the application deadline (November 1st), and at least 60 credits AND your degree by July 1st. This means that your second degree needs to take at least two years to complete, but if you were paying attention to the deadlines, you'll realize that if it only takes you two years, you likely won't be able to apply until after you've graduated. There are ways to get around this (i.e. overloading semesters, spring/summer courses, etc), but keep in mind that you need to maintain a competitive GPA, so don't get overzealous. On that note, a competitive GPA is a 3.80, but if you're an OOP applicant there's a limited number of seats. **Those 60 credits need to be completed in consecutive years or you risk your application being rejected Conclusion: This concludes the second degree specific information. I hope it will provide some insight for future applicants and help you move one step closer to achieving your medical school goals. Good luck! Class Profiles - Admissions - Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted Thread - Admission FAQs - Dark
  2. Hello Everyone/Salut tout le monde! I am a Quebec university student who is graduating from undergrad this semester. I’m planning on applying to a DESS (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées) program at Université de Montréal before applying to Medicine and Pharmacy next application cycle. Let's cut to the chase: I’m wondering if being part of a DESS program will significantly hurt my chances of being accepted to the Quebec Medical schools, compared to a full-on Masters degree. Pros to the DESS (in my opinion): DESS programs are only 1 year of full time study, and many of them offer doing an additional year of directed study or a stage somewhere. Upon completing the additional year, I would graduate with a full Masters degree. Research isn’t really my favourite, and I would prefer to do a more application-based program, but not if it will hurt my chances, or not improve my chances, at getting into Med/Pharm . Cons to the DESS (possibly?): When I apply during the next application cycle, they will see that I have been working on a DESS instead of a Masters degree (not sure if this one counts as a Con or not, that's why I'm asking here!). I haven’t seen this discussed anywhere else, so if anyone has anecdotes or feedback of any kind to share about this situation, I would really appreciate them!
  3. Did anyone do a second degree through TRU or Athabasca? I did think of going back to UBC, but I'm in my late 20s, and want to upgrade my GPA while making money to sustain myself. I know "easy" is relative, but in your experience are the courses manageable to get a high GPA? Which programs do you recommend?
  4. I’ll start by unapologetically saying that I wasn’t given a fair chance in life in regards to pursuing my academic ambitions (specifically my 1st undergraduate degree years). During my first degree I had 2 brothers that had strokes and passed away. I was routinely involved in caring for them and had to juggle school at the same time. Sadly my academic standing suffered greatly due to these family issues. Anyhow, I’m living a new life now and things have settled. I am no longer in depression related to my brothers deaths and want to continue to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. I would like you to be 100% honest. How good or bad are my chances to get accepted to medical schools either in America or Canada if the following situations pans out? My plan: - Previous degree cgpa 2.7 - New degree: I’ve just been accepted to York for a 3 year undergrad (due to my transfer credits) - Suppose I do well in the new degree (3.8+ gpa for 3 years), score well on the mcat and have good EC. Also would my story of caring for my disabled brothers assist me in any way? What I mean is they were disabled and I am passionate about caring for disabled people. I did volunteering related to this also. Is getting a second degree and pursuing medicine in this manner a good plan or not? I don’t want to get started just to find out at the end that all my work was worth nothing. I feel like I have been forever stained by my first degrees gpa and that no medical school will take me seriously. I believe I have a legitimate case that could be made in saying that my first degrees low gpa was directly related to the amount of time I spent caring for my brothers. Is it possible to have my new degree only considered in the GPA process? Especially for American schools since they consider trends. thank you
  5. Hey y'all, I have recently found the desire to pursue medicine in my mid-20s, I am currently an Emergency Department RN and working in this setting, seeing what Physicians do an their expanded scope of practise has given me a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine. However, during my undergrad I was not focused on this, I had a full time job as well as the demands of nursing school so my cGPA was around a 3.38 (Best two years were not great either, did not break 3.6). So that being said I have been considering a second degree, however I don't want to do a degree just for the sake of it because I know my heart won't be in it. I am currently applying for Physician Assistant (I had gotten admission in the past but was unable to attend due to financial difficulties at that time) and I am wondering if I do well in the program, will I be in good standing for medical school in Ontario? Any guidance and feedback would be appreciated. For those interested, why PA? Well it follows the medical model and the education pathway is more attractive to me vs the NP route, as well, if I never get in to Medicine, I can see myself being happy as a PA. I work with both NPs and Pas so seeing the nuances of their practise and opportunities really informed my decision.
  6. I am determined to attend medical school in Canada. Would love any advice regarding the few options I have Currently studying for the MCAT and going into the fourth year of my honours Science undergrad- 1st year GPA 3.21 (technically 4.5 course load, including my initial grade and my improved grade for my 1 repeated course) 2nd year GPA 3.44 3rd year GPA 3.63 I'm assuming these are my options (based on years of obsessive research on forums lmao): 1) Do a 5th year. Attain 3.8+ in year 4 & 5. Apply to Western in my 5th year. If unsuccessful, complete a master's program. Apply again to Western and Queen's (perhaps Ottawa?) Any other schools I would have a chance at? 2) Do a second undergraduate degree and open up doors to other schools. Could do this after completing my degree in four years or after doing the additional 5th year. I am studying hard for the MCAT and would say I have unique ECs. I appreciate any honest insight (optimistic/pessimistic). Thank you in advance!
  7. Hello everyone! Have been a lurker for quite sometime and really need advice for future steps. I am currently in 3rd year with a cGPA of 3.74, with this year sitting around a 3.9. I have pass/fail courses in my program so that kind of ruins me for UofT weighting, but thats about it. I am certain I can finish 4th year with a 3.95+ as well. Therefore IF I finish my 4th year with 4.0 my cGPA will sit around a 3.83 and with a 5th year (if 4.0) then that would put me around a 3.86. Therefore my question being should I finish my degree at 4th year and then pursue a second degree? or is a cGPA of 3.86 competitive enough for Ontario medical schools? I know a 4.0 in the 2 years is a stretch but I can certain I can do well; also I have not yet written the MCAT. Thanks for all your help!
  8. Hi everyone, I have been seeing a lot of mixed answers to what cGPA a second undergrad would be considered necessary/highly recommended. So according to your opinion, what is the cGPA that work experience/grad school can't really make up for? This is assuming that the applicant would only want to go to medicine, nothing else as a career choice, but is flexible enough to like research/work.
  9. Hi everyone, Does anyone have any experience with the Queen's BSc life sciences distance learning program? Or their 4 year health sciences program? This will be my second degree so I'm not sure if this is the forum that I ask this in. But being that the distance learning programs from Queen's is newer, I haven't seen anyone talk about them yet... On any forum. I'm an Albertan, and I have the option of doing Athabasca or Queen's for their distance learning programs. Anybody with experience in either? Would love to hear what you guys think.
  10. Hi there! Are you/do you know someone who got in med school in Quebec after completing the BSc. Psych Behavioral Neuroscience at Concordia? What are your impressions? Is it a good option for someone who’s trying to increase her current GPA (3.1/4.3 from BSc. Human Dietetics and Nutrition) to get into med school (hopefully Mcgill) ? Any advice would help! Cheers
  11. I'm currently in my fifth year of university but I am thinking to do a second degree in another program. My first degree cgpa is not competitive enough (~3.0). I want to get some suggestions on the second degree route. How long would my second degree take me to complete? What medical schools would I be eligible for? I would really like to talk with people who are thinking about completing another degree or have done this in the past. Thanks.
  12. I am a registered nurse with two years critical care experience currently working in an ICU in a downtown Toronto hospital. I am already bored/ unsatisfied with this job and I want to pursue NP or med school. I am still pretty young and my family is encouraging me to shoot for med school. Where I'm at is choosing between a second undergrad degree or a masters in nursing to boost my GPA. I graduated from Queen's nursing with a 3.4, never really planned on pursuing further studies at the time. Nursing school (at Queen's) I found to be incredibly subjective and a total grade cutter and would not recommend it to anyone as a pre med degree. I did best in the sciences and the BS nursing theory courses seriously weighed me down. Every single person in my undergrad program had a high school average over 90% so competition was steep. Grades over 85% any course in my nursing program were unheard of. I guess I should have been more strategic in picking my undergrad but at the time I really wasn't thinking about medical school. Should I do two years of a second undergrad full time or a masters of nursing to increase my GPA? Keeping in mind, in the event I do not get in to medical school a masters in nursing would significantly aid me in achieving an executive nursing administration/ clinical nurse specialist position. Sorry if I'm not posting this in the right place..
  13. Hey guys! I'm yet another case with a weak cumulative UG gpa. I've just graduated this month (with my B.Sc) and made the decision very late in my UG that I wanted to pursue medicine. I applied to three schools for a second undergrad (knowing that this will probably be the lengthiest route) but did so anyway because my stats are very weak. Although my current GPA is a 3.9, my cGPA is a 2.7 (ah! I know. Working + on a varsity team + confused about career choices = not a good combo). On top of that I don't have any research or volunteer work/experience to have applied to a grad program. Right now YorkU has accepted me to do a second B.Sc in kin and UofT called me to tell me they haven't rejected me yet but although I'm qualified the two science degrees are very similar and might be time consuming (to me it is worth my time.. what's another 2.5 years in the long run?) so they offered me continuing ed instead (still waiting to hear their final decision though if they somehow have a spot open for me). I'm at the point where I'm questioning my next step and if I even have a chance at med in the future. I know that some schools can completely overlook your first degree, given that your second degree stats are competitive. Should I have taken the continuing ed offer at UofT? The problem with continuing ed is I wouldn't receive financial aid and at my recent school priority in course selection is almost never given to continuing ed students. What should I do? I only have one year under my belt with a strong GPA and I'm not qualified for a master's.
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